James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Cadillac Super Cruise Superb Step Toward Autonomy
The driver can pull his hands from the wheel, peek out the window here and there and let adaptive cruise control manage the following distance of cars ahead.
GM Sales Feel Pinch of Go-to-Market Strategy 4
GM dealers sold 226,107 light vehicles last month compared with 267,258 in the same period last year, according to WardsAuto data.
Bosch Putting Brains Behind Autonomous Driving
The supplier intends to be a leader in the segment by creating a brain for autonomous vehicles capable of collecting and processing three times as much information per second as the human brain.
GM’s Barra: Flexibility Answer to Waning Car Demand
The automaker’s chief executive does not elaborate on the efficiency of GM’s car architectures, but the automaker in recent years has engineered them so body styles could switched relatively easily and inexpensively.
Bosch Still Likes Diesel, Plays Long Game on EVs 1
Longtime Bosch ICE technology executive Rolf Bulander, who now heads the supplier’s mobility services business, has a word of advice for OEMs looking to add plugs to their products: Go small.
GM Releases Tool to Speed Up App Development
GM Dev Client gives approved developers the ability to test their creations in a GM vehicle without meeting with the automaker and instantly make changes, or updates, to their apps on the fly.
Buick Regal GS Finally Gets Its Props, Brand Chief Says 1
GM executive Duncan Aldred says he always thought the car should pack a large, naturally aspirated engine recalling historic Buick GS models such as the ’65 Riviera. The new Regal GS uses a V-6 with 310 hp.
No Smoking: Acura NSX Crushes Quarter Mile 7
The NSX is a modern technical marvel, as well as an old-fashioned hoot to drive.
Brace for Impact: U.S. Sales Plunge Ahead 4
The AlixPartners consultancy says a key element of its forecast is a “used-car time bomb” set to go off as 500,000 more vehicles come off lease this year than year-ago.
Hot Crossovers Take Some Chill Off GM Sales
The Detroit automaker sold 243,155 light vehicles last month, compared with 255,210 in the same period last year, according to WardsAuto data
GMC Terrain Says ‘Bye-Bye Gear Shifter’ 1
The 5-button, PRNDL key bridge is located at the base of the center stack and ahead of a deep center console the system permits because it does not use a traditional mechanical linkage to the transmission.
Chevy Colorado ZR2 Shot to the Heart
The new off-roader is a rock-climbing, trail-eating, desert-running beast certain to further reinvigorate demand for the entire line.
Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE Runs Record Lap
The track-focused Camaro with a 6-speed manual transmission mated to its 650-hp supercharged LT4 V-8 engine was 13.56 seconds faster than a ZL1 outfitted with a new 10-speed automatic.
Bosch Optimism High Despite Easing Auto Sales
A key piece of the supplier’s bullish outlook is mobility solutions, where autonomous, electric and connected-vehicle technologies are the growth drivers.
GMC Tees Up ‘Like A Pro’ Ad Campaign
The three-spot campaign portrays owners of GMC pickups, SUVs and CUVs emotionally connected to their trucks and living their lives to the fullest.


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